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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Out of Egypt, a work-around for the internet "kill" switch and Twitter

this is the kind of creativity and technological innovation that gives me hope...
[A] group of hackers is close to delivering software that could turn laptops into low-cost Internet routers—and help protesters organize.

Hours after the government in Egypt shut down that country’s access to the Internet, hackers around the world started banding together to craft some kind of workaround. And one group claims to be only a day or two away from delivering a partial solution.

Their initiative is called the Open Mesh Project and it began when Shervin Pishevar, an Internet entrepreneur in Palo Alto, California, posted a message on Twitter calling for help shipping software into Egypt that could turn regular laptops into low-cost Internet routers, forming what’s known as a “mesh network,” where each computer can route messages along to the others.

and this to assist twitter messages...
Google launched an Internet-free workaround for Twitter users in Egypt, whose Internet and cell phone service has been disabled. ... Working with engineers from Twitter, Google developed a call-in system that allows users to dictate messages over a landline, which are then transcribed and posted.

what a day and it just keeps on coming...!

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